Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Marcia Marker Feld


The revitalization of the older commercial corridors of Northeastern urban neighborhoods has been a topic of concern to municipalities since the late 1950' s. The implicit assumption underlying the concept of commercial revitalization is that areas targeted for renewal were formerly prosperous, viable commercial areas which have experienced decline and deterioration. This would also imply that pending revitalization, such commercial corridors have the potential to become viable once again.

Several factors are associated with the decline of urban neighborhood commercial centers. The loss of factories, around which the older urban economies functioned, has led to the out-migration of financially stable blue-collar workers to the suburbs. The concurrent in-migration of lower income, minority residents into these same neighborhoods has changed the economic stability of many areas, such that commercial entities have often followed their clientele to the suburbs.